CHENNAI: The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has on Sunday released a statement allowing for the resuming of all the international and domestic flights from flood-hit Chennai, from Monday morning. The international airport spread across the suburban areas of Meenambakkam, Pallavaram and Tirusulam, was remained closed till Saturday due to the unfavourable conditions caused by the heavy-rains in Chennai.
In its statement, the AAI said “After carrying out inspections and bringing the airport’s runway to its normal state, we have decided over resuming the airport services from tomorrow morning. All the domestic and international terminals will be available for public from 6 am on 08.12.2015″.
An AAI spokesperson said that the they have issued the statement after the DGCA carried out inspections for night operations. Earlier on Sunday, only partial daytime services were operated by the Airport officials.
The Airport has been shut down since Tuesday, as the heavy rains in Chennai flooded all the terminals and runway of the airport, making it difficult for the authorities to carry out flight operations. The AAI has earlier announced an official closing of the airport till 07.12.2015.
The first flight to take off from the Chennai airport after its re-opening was the Air India’s passenger aircraft to Port Blair.
On the other hand, the situation in Chennai is yet to get back to its normal state. There were periodical rains now and then, causing problems for the NDRF to carry out rescue operations. Several welfare organizations and celebrities have come forward to help Chennai’s flood victims by providing basic requirements such as milk and food packets.
Srilankan cricketers Muralitharan and Sangakkara have also donated Rs 1 crore and Rs 65 lakhs respectively, to the Chief Minister’s relief fund in order to help the flood victims in Chennai.